Government announces £2.5m funding for on-street EV charging points

Government announces £2.5m funding for on-street EV charging points
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The government has announced an additional £2.5 million funding for over 1,000 new on-street electric vehicle charge points.

The funding will support the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, launched in 2017, which helps people access charging infrastructure near their homes when they don't have off-street parking.

It will go towards helping local authorities to install these chargepoints, which can be built into existing structures like lampposts. The scheme aims to encourage even more people to choose an electric vehicle by making it easier to charge their cars near home, following a 158% increase in battery electric vehicle sales compared to July last year.

The scheme has already seen 16 local authorities prepared to install 1,200 charge points this year.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "It's fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible charge points and double the number of electric vehicle charge points than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.

"It's vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of charge points near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.

"That's why we are now doubling the funding available for local authorities to continue building the infrastructure we need to super-charge the zero emission revolution - right across the country."

Last year the government set out proposals to install electric vehicle charging points in new homes, business parks and lampposts as part of its Road to Zero Strategy.

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